Ankeny/Wellmark YMCAs

Ankeny/Wellmark YMCAs

at the Wellmark YMCA

501 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Parking at Wellmark YMCA

Head Practice Site Coach
Bob Bredice

[email protected]

*Please direct all site specific inquiries to your head practice site coach.


Ankeny/Wellmark Assistant Coaches

Crystal Brugman, Joe Cataldo, Lisa Lamb, Nikki May, Greg Moyle, and Jason Walsh

Joining Our Team

The Ankeny/Wellmark Marlins is a great place for beginning or experienced swimmers. Our program has historically produced many State Champions in both YMCA Swimming and USA Swimming, as well as numerous successful high school and college swimmers.

Our Fall/Winter Season is just around the corner. The season runs from September 7th to mid-February and beyond for championship qualifiers. We have optional start dates in September (the 7th) and October(the 4st). We will have YMCA swim meets beginning in November as well as a full slate of USA Swimming swim meets throughout the fall and winter. 

Ankeny/Wellmark Practice Site Fall/Winter Season Evaluation Nights

During the evaluation process, your child will be expected to swim freestyle and backstroke. They will also be asked to attempt breaststroke and butterfly if they know those strokes. Swimmers will also be offered the chance to attempt diving into the pool. 

Tryout/Evaluation Sessions:

  • September 15th - 6:30 to 7:30p
  • September 22nd - 6:30 to 7:30p
  • September 28th - 6:30 to 7:30p
  • To schedule a private evaluation please contact Coach Bob (contact info above)

Evaluation/Tryout Sign Up Form

2021/2022 Fall/Winter Season Practice Schedule

Ankeny/Wellmark Practice Schedule

(subject to change if needed)  updated 7/25/2021

Parent Meetings:

Fall 2021 - September 16th via Zoom - 8:30pm (the meeting will then be posted to YouTube)

Fall/Winter 2021-22 YMCA Meet Schedule -

YMCA Meet schedule (click on the Meet Name/Location to be redirected to the event page for each meet)

Date Meet Name/Location Warmups Meet Start Meet Invite
Nov 13 Wauke Hosting Wellmark TBD TBD TBD
Nov 20 Wellmark Hosting Walnut Creek TBD TBD TBD
Dec 4 @ Marshalltown TBD TBD TBD
Dec 12 Wellmark Hosting Indianola TBD TBD TBD
Dec 18 @ Nishna Valley (Atlantic, IA) TBD TBD TBD
Jan 8 Indianola Hosting Wellmark TBD TBD TBD
Jan 8 @ Nishna Valley (Atlantic, IA) TBD TBD TBD
Jan 15 @ MACR (Cedar Rapids) TBD TBD TBD
Jan 22 @ Oskaloosa TBD TBD TBD
Jan 29 @ Nishna Valley (Atlantic, IA) TBD TBD TBD
Feb 5th DSMY YMCA Last Chance Meet TBD TBD TBD


Important Links for Families

Training Groups At This Location (prices reflect 2021 Spring/Summer Season)

DSMY Program Model and Levels

White (beginners) $82.50/month

Purple (age-group swimmers) $99/month

Blue (advanced age-group swimmers) $110/month

Bronze (high school age swimmers) $110/month

***Multi-Swimmer Discounts are available at the Practice Site locations when registering all family members at the same time. 10% discount for two swimmers, 15% discount for three swimmers and 20% discount for four or more swimmers in the family. (Discount does not apply to or with Travel Team swimmers.)

Financial Assistance is available. Contact:

Financial Assistance Specialist

Phone number 515-471-8561

Email [email protected]